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• Michael Jordan has sold minority stake ownerships in the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets to two investment brokers but will remain majority owner for the team: Gabe Plotkin, founder and chief investment officer for Melvin Capital, and Daniel Sundheim, founder and chief investment officer for D1 Capital, have joined the Hornets as partners, pending NBA approval. Financial terms were not disclosed.

• The future of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown on Oct. 11 on Fos in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; and Monday Night Raw on Oct. 14 on USA Network, Pepsi Center, Denver .

On both nights, Superstars from Raw and SmackDown will appear along with personalities from Fox and NBCUniversal programming who will announce select picks from each brand.

The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams

• Ricky Rubio was named Tissot MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Spain to the 2019 championship.

• In an effort to “send a message of inclusion to its widely diverse fan base,” the NBA champion Toronto Raptors said they are the first NBA to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women. The Nike Pro Hijabs with the team’s logo were inspired by the Hijabi Ballers, a Toronto-based non-profit organization dedicated to "celebrating and increasing the involvement of Muslim females in sports." “Inspired by those brave enough to change the game” the team posted to its social media platforms along with a video of the Hijabi Ballers in action.

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (Sept. 14-Oct. 27), which includes the first public screening of the only known complete broadcast of Super Bowl I (then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game) in January 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

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 Pro Football Hall of Fame First-Time Candidates Class of 2020
• DE John Abraham
• LB Lance Briggs
• WR/Special Teams Josh Cribbs
• RB Maurice Jones-Drew
• S Troy Polamalu
• DE Justin Smith
• WR Reggie Wayne
• LB Patrick Willis

The full list includes 122 players eligible to be selected to next year's class. Full story here.

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Top Brands in 2019 Brand Keys “Consumer Loyalty Index”
• Airline: JetBlue
• Athletic Footwear:Nike
* Automotive: Hyundai
• Banks: Chase
• Beer: Corona Extra (regular), Miller Lite (Lite)
• Bottled Water: Dasani
• Casual Dining: Panera
• Coffee (OOH): Dunkin’
• Energy Drinks: Red Bull
• Headphones: Bose
• Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s
• Major League Sports: MLB
• Online Music: Slacker
* Online Retailer: Amazon
• Online Travel Booking: Booking.com
• Pizza: Domino’s
• QSR: Chick-fil-A
• Retail Sporting Goods: Dick’s
• Social Networking Sites: Instagram
• Soft Drinks: Coca-Cola (regular), Diet Coke
• Tequila: Jose Cuervo
• Ticketing Services: StubHub
• Vodka: Zubrowka
• Whiskey: Jack Daniel’s

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Weekend Box Office Sept. 13-15
1. It 2 $40.7M
2. Hustlers $33.2M
3. Angel Has Fallen $4.4M
4. Good Boys $4.3M
5. Lion King $3.6M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $2.8M
7. Overcomer $2.7M
8. The Goldfinch $2.6M
9. Peanut Butter Falcon $1.9M
10. Dora and the City of Lost Bold $1.9M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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WWE Generates WrestleMania Record $181.5M Economic Impact For Orlando

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: It is no surprise when WWE says that its annual WrestleMania jewel event is a smashing success.

What might raise some eyebrows is that WrestleMania continues to raise the bar when it comes to financial results and economic impact.

WWE said that WrestleMania 33, held this past April in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region.

WWE said this marks a new record for WrestleMania and was the sixth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Among other factors, $24.8 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within Orlando and $9.3 million was spent by visitors to Orlando at area restaurants, according to a study conducted for WWE by Enigma Research Corp.

WrestleMania 33 also generated approximately $22.7 million in federal, state and local taxes.

WrestleMania 33 bested WrestleMania 32 in AT&T Stadium in 2016, which generated a then-record $170.4 million in economic impact derived from spending by visitors to the Dallas/Arlington region — including $25 million spent on hotels and accommodations and $8.4 million in area restaurants — according to Enigma Research.

WrestleMania 32 still holds the all-time attendance record for the event at 101,763.

Over the past 11 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to WWE.

From a local perspective, a Citrus Bowl record crowd of 75,245 fans from around the world attended WrestleMania 33, “making it the highest-grossing ($14.4 million) and most-attended event in (the venue's) history,” according to WWE.

The previous Orlando Citrus Bowl attendance record was set by WrestleMania 24 in 2008 at 74,635.

"This historic result would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Dyer, the Central Florida Sports Commission and all of our public and private sector partners in Orlando that worked so hard to again welcome WWE’s global fan base,” John  Saboor, WWE evp-special events, said in a statement.

“We continue to be grateful to our fans who helped us deliver unprecedented economic results for our WrestleMania host city.”

Not just wrestling, WrestleMania became a romantic attraction when icon John Cena proposed in the ring to his girlfriend, Nikki Bella of the top-ranked Bella Twins (moments after they defeated The Miz and Marse in a tag-team match).

Among other stats culled by Enigma Research Corp regarding WrestleMania 33:

• 79% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the Orlando region and stayed an average of 5.6 nights.

• The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,730 full-time jobs for the area.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8, 2018 in the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz SuperDome.

(Tickets will be available Nov. 17 through Ticketmaster. The event will be streamed live worldwide on WWE Network.)

WWE is also looking farther ahead, taking bids from potential sites, following a strategy taken by the NFL, which names its Super Bowl host cities years in advance, and the International Olympic Committee, which names host cities for the Summer and Winter Games seven years in advance.

"The level of sophistication around our bid process is quite impressive," said John Brody, evp-global sales and head of international for WWE. "We put out RFPs (request for proposal). City and even state officials are part of those presentations. We ultimately make the decision based on a number of factors.

"But the commitment we have seen from Orlando, North Texas last year and already from New Orleans and the state of Louisiana has shown us that the power of WrestleMania is not just one day, one week. It’s the opportunity for us to leave a lasting impact in a city, a region," said Brody.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania
 
1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI, March 29, 1987
3. 80,676: WrestleMania 29 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ April 7, 2013
4. 80,103: WrestleMania 23 Ford Field, Detroit April 1, 2007
5. 78,363: WrestleMania 28 Sun Life Stadium, Miami April 1, 2012
6. 76,976: WrestleMania 31 Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015
7. 75,245: WrestleMania 33 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando April 2, 2017
8. 75,167: WrestleMania 30 Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, New Orleans April 6, 2014
9. 74,635: WrestleMania 24 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando March 30, 2008
10. 72,744: WrestleMania 25 Reliant Stadium, Houston April 5, 2009
Source: WWE

WrestleMania 33 Brings Down The House In Orlando

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